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June 10, 2011 1:18:50 AM

Intel i5-2500k
Crossfire 6950s

How does this build look, any suggestions? (no SSD's please)

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

edit: a lot of people suggest a new motherboard - does anyone have any good ideas for that one? I'd like one with 16/8 PCI Slots a bit far apart to help aid the cooling of the crossfire'd hellbreathers.

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June 10, 2011 1:59:16 AM

Nice build, but the problem with your request for another mobo with better spaced slots runs into the problem that you will be giving up bandwidth. Unless you are willing to go up to a $260 + mobo the slots will be 8X 8X for two or 16X 0 4X. Bandwith on th PCIE channels is generally limited to this type of configuration. You will have to research a board that is not so limited.

An ASUS Revolution , Maximus, MSI Big Bang, Gigabyte UD7 or ECS Black Extreme may do the job.

But, unless you run multiple monitors in 3D an 8X 8X will do just as well (a single monitor has its bandwith limited to 16X no matter the GPUs.
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June 10, 2011 2:58:34 AM

Honestly, I have never bought from customized gaming rig sellers, but I was looking at one because someone from Tom's forums was asking what kind of PC they should build using cyberpowerpc.com.

I went to the site and clicked on the exact same parts that you are using and the total came out to be little over 1400.00 after rebates.
The freebies and upgrades that come with it were

Coolermaster Inferno gaming mouse
Shogun 2
Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold Series 1000w PLUS GOLD certified.
Gigabyte z68 board with SLI/Xfire compatibility.

That is not something to laugh about.. I'm seriously considering ordering from one of these places and just taking it apart and re-putting it together to ensure a quality build.

Sigh.. CMON NEWEGG!
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June 10, 2011 3:00:51 AM

Total $1515

Case - $170 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $465 - ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $125 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 560 (900MHz) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $220 - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $70 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MoBo - Can't support a MoBo choice that doesn't have a industry standard 3 year warranty. Suggested alternate does x16 x16 for both GFX cards

Case / PSU - I prefer the DF-85 over the HAF-X having built several boxes with both. If ya stuck on the HAF-X put in a 750 watt Corsair AX or HX series or a XFX Black Edition 750 .... gonna cost ya $80 more tho....if thats too much the XFX Core Edition 750 saves $70

$170 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - The Scythe tops the 212 by 7C. Read the bottom of AS5's home page .... the part about the 200 hour cure time. Shin Etsu matches AS5's performance with no curing issues.

RAM - Budget allowed so I went with low CAS 7 RAM. Save $50 w/ these Corsair's if CAS 9 is good enough.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical - Plays BR movies, writes DVD's

GFX - If at 2560 x 1600 stick with the 6950's, at 1920 x 1200 though I'd go w/ the 560's and its 100 fps advantage.

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

$285.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $0.59 - $0.75
$210.00 560 Ti (455/792) $0.46 - $0.53
$355.00 6970 (526/825) $0.67 - $0.86
$220.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $0.44 - $0.51
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June 10, 2011 3:57:52 AM

chesteracorgi said:
Nice build, but the problem with your request for another mobo with better spaced slots runs into the problem that you will be giving up bandwidth. Unless you are willing to go up to a $260 + mobo the slots will be 8X 8X for two or 16X 0 4X. Bandwith on th PCIE channels is generally limited to this type of configuration. You will have to research a board that is not so limited.

An ASUS Revolution , Maximus, MSI Big Bang, Gigabyte UD7 or ECS Black Extreme may do the job.

But, unless you run multiple monitors in 3D an 8X 8X will do just as well (a single monitor has its bandwith limited to 16X no matter the GPUs.


I'm running 3x 1980x1080 monitors - so I'll stick with 8x/8x.

Just a question: the video card's state: PCI Express 2.1 x16

But the mobo has 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots

Is this going to be a problem?
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